World Health Organization to "evaluate" use of masks more broadly to control Coronavirus spread
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the Director-General of the World Health Organization, said today: "There is an ongoing debate about the use of masks at the community level. WHO recommends the use of medical masks for people who are sick and those caring for them. However, in these circumstances, masks are only effective when combined with other protective measures. WHO continues to gather all available evidence and continues to evaluate the potential use of masks more broadly to control COVID-19 transmission at the community level."
The US president has criticised the World Health Organization for its handling of the coronavirus pandemic.
Donald Trump has accused the agency of being "China-centric" and has threatened to cut funding.
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